|Publication number||US20060234542 A1|
|Application number||US 11/110,335|
|Publication date||Oct 19, 2006|
|Filing date||Apr 19, 2005|
|Priority date||Apr 19, 2005|
|Also published as||CN2874819Y, US7275955|
|Publication number||110335, 11110335, US 2006/0234542 A1, US 2006/234542 A1, US 20060234542 A1, US 20060234542A1, US 2006234542 A1, US 2006234542A1, US-A1-20060234542, US-A1-2006234542, US2006/0234542A1, US2006/234542A1, US20060234542 A1, US20060234542A1, US2006234542 A1, US2006234542A1|
|Inventors||David (Tso-Chin) Ko|
|Original Assignee||Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (4), Classifications (6), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to an electrical connector assembly, and more particularly to a Flat Flexible Cable (FFC) connector assembly.
2. Description of Related Art
Flat Flexible Cables (FFC) are widely used to connect components, such as a printed circuit board, arranged in a confined space inside an electronic device, such as a computer, for deducing the overall size of the electronic device. A conventional FFC connector usually comprises an insulative housing defining a receiving cavity for movably receiving an actuator. The actuator has a tongue insertable into the receiving cavity and a top face for retaining a leading end of a flat flexible cable, whereby, when the tongue is inserted into the cavity, the flat flexible cable engaged with rear cantilevered arms of electrical contacts accommodated in the receiving cavity. Moreover, each contact comprises forward cantilevered arms opposite to the rear arms for electrically connecting with terminals of a complementary connector, which is mounted on a printed circuit board, so as to established electrical connection between two electronic devices. For this reason, the contact of the FFC connector has a relative complicated structure, which is difficult to be fabricated and assembled. Accordingly, the FFC connector is designed to have a relative large overall dimension for disposing the contacts with complicated structure and the actuator therein. However, when it is required two or more FFCs to the printed circuit board, a corresponding number of connectors are needed, and thus, occupy more space on the printed circuit board.
Hence, an improved FFC connector assembly is needed to overcome the disadvantages of the related art.
Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide an electrical connector assembly adapted for connecting two or more flexible flat cables as well as maintaining a low profile.
In order to achieve the object set forth, an electrical connector assembly in accordance with present invention comprises a first connector having a first insulative housing, second connector and an insulative base housing. The first connector comprises a first housing and a plurality of first terminals fitted in and outwardly projecting from one end of the housing. The second connector has a second insulative housing and a plurality of second terminals fitted in and extending beyond one end of the second housing. The base housing comprises a first holding portion for supporting the first connector and a second holding portion for supporting the second connector. The base housing defines an accessible mating interface having a plurality of passages are arranged in a first row and a second row to respectively dispose the first terminals and the second terminals.
Other objects, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiment of the present invention.
In other embodiments of the present invention, the first connector 200 and the second connector 500 could have different structures for meeting demands of various applications. In addition, the first and the second terminals 20, 21 can be electrically connected to other connecting member, e.g. flexible printed circuit, printed circuit board or common cables, in permanently/impermanently connection manners. Besides, although the first and the second holding portions of the base housing 1 in preferred embodiment is formed by the spaced first and second channels, the first and the second holding portions could be configured in other structures whichever can position/hold the first and the second connectors 200, 500.
It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.
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|Cooperative Classification||H01R12/592, H01R12/61|
|European Classification||H01R12/59C, H01R9/07D1B|
|Apr 19, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HON HAI PRECISION IND. CO., LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:KO, DAVID(TSO-CHIN);REEL/FRAME:016496/0257
Effective date: 20050414
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